Barnes recognized for outstanding contribution to wildlife enforcement

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Officer Blair Barnes of the Grand Falls-Windsor Office received the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Enforcement Officer of Year Award.

Officer Blair Barnes of the Grand Falls-Windsor Office received the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Enforcement Officer of Year Award.

The award recognizes an officer within the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division who stands out amongst his or her peers and exemplifies high standards of work and dedication, a press release from the Department of Justice noted earlier Tuesday. 

“I congratulate Officer Barnes on receiving the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Enforcement Officer of Year Award,” said Darin King, acting Minister of Justice. “His work in enforcing the laws and regulations related to protecting our valuable natural resources is much appreciated by the people of the province. Officer Barnes has dedicated his career to ensuring that the traditions of hunting, trapping and angling are done in a responsible manner, and he is a worthy recipient of this award.”

Barnes has been a wildlife officer for 23 years on both the island portion of the province, and in Labrador. He has an exemplary service record, the release noted, leading by example and teaching through first-hand experience.

Barnes was promoted to the position of Detachment Supervisor for the Grand Falls-Windsor Office in 2013. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award. The Shikar-Safari Club International is recognized worldwide for its efforts in the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, and the club presents the award annually to wildlife enforcement officers in Canada and the United States.

“The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division is very proud of Officer Barnes’ achievements in protecting and preserving wildlife,” said James Maloney, Director, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division.” As we continue to make progress in identifying and charging those involved in poaching activities, it is the hard work and dedication of our officers that drives success. I am sincerely pleased at the recognition of all that Officer Barnes has accomplished and am certain he will continue to inspire and teach others in the field.” 

Organizations: Department of Justice, Grand Falls-Windsor Office, Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, United States

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